Woolman Programming

Woolman Programs connect people in deep and meaningful ways with the natural world through powerful experiences for authentic engagement and expression. We provide growth and learning experiences for youth, families, adults and groups that incorporate creative expression, scientific inquiry, personal reflection and community building.

Current and
Upcoming Programs:

Camp Woolman

Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills near the scenic South Yuba River and Tahoe National Forest, Camp Woolman is a summer camp that embodies values of community, respect for nature, peace, and simple fun. Kids ages 9-17 come to learn, play, make friends, and live in an accepting community where they can truly be themselves. In-camp days include morning songs and silent reflection, lots of games, some community chores, choice activities or workshops, some relaxation time, and lots of playing. Our activities include arts and crafts, nature connection, wilderness skills, swimming, farm education, cooperative games, sports, singing, group circles, and impromptu fun. Most Camp Woolman sessions also include a wilderness backpacking trip! Learn more

Outdoor School

Woolman’s 240-acre rural campus of forest, trails, streams, meadows, ponds, orchards and an organic farm provides a backdrop for this program. The Woolman Outdoor School program provides immersive and collaborative learning experiences for youth in a natural setting. Participants gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their environment, and the natural world.

Groups generally come to Outdoor School for 1-5 days, can choose from a range of enrichment opportunities and will engage in learning activities facilitated by Woolman staff and partner organizations throughout their stay.

At Woolman Outdoor School, we are able to cater our program to the needs and desired focus of each group, all within the frame of encouraging learning outside a traditional classroom setting. Woolman staff are trained in leading a diverse range of enrichment activities. We also coordinate with partner organizations to offer focused instruction in specific fields as well as providing unique insight into real-world application of skills and knowledge.

Enrichment activities have included:

Participants get hands-on experience in multiple tasks on a small farm, learn about food systems, food justice and realities for small farmers in California.
Through instruction in the field, observation and documentation, participants are taught how to be effective and knowledgeable observers of wild specimens.

In partnership with local foresters, participants learn about the importance of wildfires for certain ecosystems and the consequences and benefits of human intervention.

Working with regional watershed science organizations, participants are introduced to data collection, tracking elements of the local ecosystem and learning how these systems connect and support each other.

Participants will work on creative projects that emphasize use of natural materials, sustainable building practices, skill development and collaborative building.

Woolman Arts! After School

For kids age 7-12, Woolman Arts is a program dedicated to creative exploration in an outdoor setting. Comprising youth after school workshops and day camps, this program facilitates experiential learning, collaborative building, and skills development. Activities are rooted in the elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, and incorporate programming with a focus on experiential learning, collaborative building, skills development, and connection to the land and its history.

Woolman Workshops

Woolman offers a variety of educational and enriching workshops for people of all ages. Workshops are held onsite and/or virtually and may include retreats. We are always looking for new workshops and instructors, if you would like to teach a workshop at Woolman please fill out a Workshop Proposal. Current and upcoming offerings include: 

  • Beginner and Advanced Adult Ceramics (on-site)
  • Youth Ceramics (on-site)
  • Writing Workshop (virtually with on-site retreats)
  • Book Club (virtually)
  • Intro to Basketry (on-site)
  • Chance and Change : exploring creativity through multiple mediums (on-site)
  • Monthly Figure Drawing Open Studio (on-site)

Educational Partners

Throughout a range of programming, Woolman seeks to collaborate with and host individuals and organizations working in like-minded fields. We are seeking teaching artists, environmental educators and leaders working in fields including but not limited to:
If you are interested in collaborating with Woolman please email Programs Director Morgan Street at morgans@woolman.org
Sierra Streams Institute is a regional watershed science organization based in Nevada City, California, dedicated to increasing watershed stewardship capacity throughout the Sierra Nevada region and beyond. We work with local, state, and federal agencies as well as universities and community groups to find solutions to the problems that afflict Deer Creek, Bear River and other watersheds throughout the region that share the challenges resulting from a century and a half of gold mining, development, and agriculture. SSI’s emphasis on rigorous science and consistent data collection provides the basis for restoration decisions that are made on behalf of watersheds, and makes us an especially valuable partner of local, state and federal government agencies who lack the funding and capacity to gather their own data.
Located in Nevada City, CA, Bluebird Farm specializes in high quality, nutrient dense, greens, culinary herbs and fresh seasonal flowers. We are dedicated to using sustainable growing methods to enhance the health of our land, build rich soil and provide the most delicious and beautiful food and flowers possible.